The Color of 2013: EMERALD!

Colors and shades are hot this spring, summer and fall. If you want to know what colors to choose for which outfit, look to Pantone, which is the official ‘go to’ experts in colors. Emerald is hot! Yes, this somewhat green color is being endorsed by Pantone and it is ‘right on time’ for the upcoming seasons; reminding you of grassy lush meadows and warm afternoons.

Most designers get their inspiration on colors from a variety of different places such as green landscapes, forests, paintings, pistachio and the spring freshness outdoors.

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Emerald is a prominent color that cannot be missed this spring. Green, on a whole, has a wide range of shades such as sour green, blue-green, dark green, light green, emerald and bright green.

Emerald is also a signature color. When it is combined with a great top or bottom, it can make you pop, look extraordinary and be the life of the party. An emerald top with distinct features can pull off a basic straight skirt, jeans, white shorts and a pair of black pants.

You must add emerald to your wardrobe this season. It is easy to match with a solid color or even a brighter color if you want to be bold. However, emerald does go well with white and black.

The color, emerald, can set the mood of how your day will go. It sets the tempo for the spring feeling. Go for simple pieces of apparel, though, that fall way from your body to give you that relaxed feeling that spring and summer embodies.

Emerald and your skin tone

You must be thinking, well, will it complement my skin tone? Yes, it will; no matter what your skin tone is. It is easy to wear, very flattering, in fact and adds a fashion statement to your wardrobe. I am such a big fan of seeing color on the runway and especially when it is added to different fashion collection for each season. Color can change your entire mood. It makes you feel good; look bright and can add a spark of happiness and confidence.

Like the women’s color palette, men are wearing color this spring to balance their own wardrobe and to complement their skin tones as well. Most are sticking to soothing colors like emerald and other neutral colors.

Summer and Emerald

Emerald symbolizes the introduction of green. It is the solution to putting together an outfit with khaki and white shorts in the spring and also in the summer time. It continues to be a powerful force in rings, bracelet and earrings as well as other accessories for the summer and spring. It is ideal for sportswear ensemble.

For the spring and summer, designers are addressing the self-expressive desire of their prospective consumers by inducting green into the fashion queue. Women are looking for ways to balance their wardrobe and re-energize their self-esteem. What better way to do it than to include emerald in the color palette?

It is undeniable that emerald will be here to stay for this season and for seasons to come. It will continue to be the unspoiled foreground and backdrop to so many pieces. It adds sophistication and intrigue with its hushed undertone, lively inspiration and radiant intent. Don’t be left out!

 

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MICHAEL KORS SPRING 2013 Collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

MICHAEL KORS SPRING 2013 Collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

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Make a bold statement with stripes and STILL look classy over 40!

Watch out all you ladies who are over the age of forty!  For the spring 2013 season, bold, bright, bossy and big stripes are coming back in your fashion world. With their crispy and renewed appeal, stripes are going to make fashion look yuppie and maritime this year. Some of the types of clothing you will see represent modern, graphic, inspired and sometimes jailbird looking, for lack of a better word. Don’t laugh! Yes, you heard me right! You will see all kinds of stripes: horizontal, classic black, white, vertical, two-toned and multicolored. You will be like a kid in a candy store since you will have so many selections to wade through. OK, now for the good part. We are going to lay the foundation for you so you can make sense of everything.

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How to wear stripes

No woman will be left out because there are so many unique ways that you can wear stripes for this season. Did you know that you can wear a striped top with a striped bottom, a striped bottom with a floral top and a striped top that has graphic patterns? However, the simplest way to wear your stripes and still look fabulous is to maintain a classic and chic look. Here is an example: you can pair a black pencil skirt with a striped top and a two-toned sling back pair of pumps. It is elegant, trendy and simple for any environment; office, party or dinner.

Sling backs are an amazing selection for any outfit; especially one just described. For one the two-toned sling back gives life to the outfit in comparison to just a basic black pump. In addition, the sling back will add sex appeal to your look. This is the ideal choice instead of an open toe shoe because not many offices allow you to go that casual.

What about the scarf and more?

Ok, let’s move on now. Scarves are excellent for the spring. They come in a mixture of stripes and polka dots. These go well with any outfit. It provides a burst of elegance and boldness with a spring freshness that shows off your fashion forwardness. You can wear the scarf around your neck or on your bag handle – you will look quite Grace Kelly like! The only thing missing would be a pair of huge, black Jackie Onassis sunglasses.

If you have wide hips, it is suggested by some that you wear thin horizontal stripes. Wider stripes would only broaden your hips. To minimize the broadening effect, you can wear a striped t-shirt under a neutral-colored cardigan or blazer.

There is a myth, though, that has been maintained in the fashion world for decades. The myth is that curvy women should only stick to wearing stripes that go up and down, possibly elongating the body and that they should not wear stripes that run side by side because it widens them. This well preserved fashion rule no longer applies, thanks to Peter Thompson, who is skilled in perception and works in the Psychology Department at York University.

In his research, he did a study where he asked individuals to do a comparison test. They were to compare over 200 photos of women who wore horizontal and vertical striped dresses. He asked the same individuals to tell which of the pictures made the women look fatter.

Astonishingly, his experimentation revealed that when the two females were of similar size, the one who wore the horizontal striped dress was believed to be thinner. The findings, then, were that horizontal stripes will not make women look fat. It is the opposite – it makes them look thinner. So wear your stripes this spring with confidence and boldness!

Fashion trend: the long necklace

So I am sure most of you ladies look forward to seeing who wears what on the red carpet right? Well I know with my schedule I just can never seem to be in the right place at the right time to see it live, so I always go back to style.com and check out what looks were hot each year. I gotta tell you ladies, this year I was less than impressed  BUT, the one thing that caught my eye and seemed uniquely timeless were the necklaces.

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Now normally we see either the simple diamond necklace or we see the big statement necklaces, but not this year! This year it is all about the long necklaces. This style has been around for ages and ages, but as we all know style is cyclical. The one thing I love about this is that you truly can take a piece that is meant to be casual and turn it into an antique inspired look.

Chanel is a perfect inspiration for this look, especially when we start thinking about layering the necklaces. This is a style that I think every woman can make her own because these necklaces have so many different styles. I have seen simple antique inspired animals, chains and pearls, and even simple stones like turquoise.

So how would you wear it?

-Focus on one specific look that is your “go to style” and pick out a long necklace that speaks to that style. Something not too heavy but that will make a statement against a simple long top or tunic.

-Get funky with it. Try an edgier office look and mix long chains and pearls over a structured white button down. Have the necklaces on the outside of the collar and you will have a look that is so “Devil Wears Prada.”

– Keep everything else simple. If you opt for a bigger, flashier necklace, keep the earrings simple (think studs). You don’t want to look like a gypsy and have a whole lotta “crazy” going on!

Remember ladies that the style can completely change depending upon what kind of long necklace you buy and how you wear it. Try different looks in the store to see which one you think is the most flattering on you, and don’t forget, this look can go from day to night so don’t be afraid to try the same necklace with your weekend outfits too!

Check out these Fall 2012 Fashion Trends

Great article from Glamour about the new trends for Fall – check it out here and let me know what you think!

Is Karl Lagerfield Spread Too Thin?

I have been really watching the latest news on what Karl Lagerfeld is doing with Chanel (being that he is the creative director) and wondering how he does it. He has really maintained the Chanel image but with all the extra projects he has going on it leads me to wonder how long this streak of genius will last. After all, all good things must come to an end right?

Look at all the things he is managing right now: he has his KARL by Karl Lagerfeld line, he has Chanel, he has Chloe, he has Fendi, and to top it all off he has his photography business. That is a lot of different stylized brands and ideals to maintain and many are worried that Karl will not be able to keep up with all of these at the same level as Chanel. If any of you have seen his KARL by Karl Lagerfeld line, you know exactly what I am talking about. First he wanted it to be in Macy’s and that just plummeted and then he changed it to just being sold through net-a-porter.

I think that Karl would rather sacrifice his image of his own brand than sacrifice Chanel, Chloe, or Fendi. He just has so much riding on his image of being a creative director and that is where most of his money and net worth comes from. So it will be interesting to see what exactly Karl decides but I predict less Karl Lagerfeld and more behind the scenes work.

The “Urban Jungle” Trend

 

This look is sweeping stores by storm this Spring, and I think it is going to be big in the fall as well. Michael Kors has evoked this look in his Fall 2011 as well as Spring 2012 designs and women all over have taken to this look very fast. Urban Jungle is a trend that pairs khaki, utilitarian styles that are perfect for trips and vacations. The look of urban jungle can be achieved many ways but you do not want to overdo it or you could end up looking like a big grocery bag! Keep this look simple. Add a khaki blazer with a deep colored bottom like a sage, brown, or even taupe colored bottom. Find one key piece that seems tribal and use simple concept pieces to build an urban jungle look that is perfect for you!